Alice Amorous, the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, has been living an agonizing lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. But her next book is well overdue and the Queen can’t write it. Alice needs a story for her mother-and she needs one fast. That’s when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid and insists that Alice must write the story of his tragic love affair with Psyche. Can Alice do double duty to help Errol and her mother without losing her own sanity?
I’ve had Mad Love on my wishlist for a long time now. Mainly because I knew Alice’s mother was bipolar. Like I’ve said before, bipolar disorder is very close to my heart so I tend to read anything on the subject fiction or non-fiction. I’m not a fan of romance novels, specifically not the type Alice’s mom writes, but I do love books about books. I was also intrigued by the fact that there was a boy claiming to be Cupid. I wondered if he was a bit crazy, delusional, or, who knows, maybe telling the truth.
Alice is pretty much my hero. A soon-to-be Junior in high school who is living on her own, taking care of her mother’s bills, work-related stuff, and pretty much anything else that is thrown her way. How can you not admire that? Mind you, she does have help from her three neighbors/tenants, but she manages to do most of it on her own.
I’m a huge fan of mythology, so Errol kept me very entertained. He’s a bit comical, despite his kind of depressing love story, and adds a fresh depth to the story. (Also, I have to say I’m never going to look at clam juice the same way.)
Mrs. Bobot, Reverend Ruttles, and Archibald were all so amazing! I figured that Alice would have little-to-no supervision, while she was free to pretty much do as she pleased, these three kept a very close eye on her. They also added a light side story that brought a smile to my face. Specifically the story between Archibald (who is gay) and William (the reverend). So cute that this unlikely duo is friends.
Each character is entertaining in their own way, while Mad Love covers many serious issues it remains light and fun. A feat that isn’t easily done. I definitely recommend everyone to check it out.
I received my copy of Mad Love from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.